Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, August 2, 2018

FirstNet and Video Surveillance.  Many of my Public Safety Advocates start out when I am asked a question that gets me thinking. This Advocate began when a good friend of mine who owns a company that specializes in all sorts of surveillance and stakeout communications equipment called to ask if FirstNet would permit agencies to use fixed surveillance cameras over the FirstNet network. His question was prompted by one of his customers who was using hidden video cameras disguised as items you would normally see on a street. I do not have an official reply to the question but the issue certainly needs to be explored and carefully examined.

These High Definition (HD) cameras, which use a lot of bandwidth, are being used on both Verizon and AT&T LTE commercial networks and while they are used only on-demand, they are still fixed and in operation for four to six hours at a time. This agency has experienced its video streams being reduced to slower speeds after only an hour or two. The agency wants to move these devices to FirstNet but needs to know if FirstNet would accept them being on the air from fixed locations. I have sent this query up to the FirstNet folks but have not yet heard back. I suspect the answer will be the same as on the commercial networks because the cameras are at fixed locations.

FirstNet was designed to provide data and video services to public safety and it has always been part of the plan to enable video feeds to and from incidents while they are happening. However, fixed HD video is another story and could prove political for FirstNet even with all the AT&T spectrum available to FirstNet users. Video is used during incidents. Dash and body cams generally record video and only send it out on a broadband network during an incident where it is important for others to observe in real time. Most fixed cameras in cities and elsewhere are connected via fiber or, in some cases, wirelessly using 4.9-GHz spectrum. At the moment, this spectrum is available only to public safety but if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has its way, it may end up as shared spectrum.

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AT&T Connects 2500 Sites to Band 14 Spectrum for Increased FirstNet Coverage

GovConWire Jul 28 18:06

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TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 24, 2018 AT&T (NYSE: T) has provided connectivity with the Band 14 spectrum for public safety communications to …

National security agencies want FCC to wait on Sprint/T-Mobile merger

MassHighTech Jul 31 17:01

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Four national security agencies called for more time from the Federal Communications Commission to evaluate potential security concerns in Sprint Corp.’s merger with T-Mobile US Inc. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. departments of Justice, Defense and Homeland Security requested the FCC defer action on the merger until they complete their review of the deal, according to an FCC filing. The agencies will consider any national security, law enforcement or public safety concerns rel

AT&T announces NPPGov agreement to ease first-responder agencies’ adoption of FirstNet

Urgent Communications Jul 31 15:55

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… and operate the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN). …

The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS)

Virtual-Strategy Magazine Jul 28 18:08

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FirstNet is a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) that is dedicated for use by public safety. FirstNet uses a public safety dedicated …

FirstNet supports optimal first responder to hospital communications

Healthcare IT News Jul 28 17:44

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5 benefits of moving your healthcare system to a virtualized network …

Proposed FCC rule threatens farmers (Reader Forum)

Aug  1 20:10

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The right mobile broadband infrastructure could deliver big productivity gains to U.S. farmers as the internet of things lets them analyze data about …

NICE Launches NICE Inform Intelligence Center, An Automated Public Safety Data Analytics and Visualization Solution

Business Wire Aug  1 20:10

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#NICE</a>–NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) announced today the launch of the NICE Inform Intelligence Center, a public safety data analytics and visualization solution that presents PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points) with actionable information and performance metrics to better understand underlying issues so they can continuously improve operational performance. NICE will be demonstrating the Intelligence Center at Booth #529 at the APCO 2018 Annual Conference & Expo in Las Ve

AT&T Invests More Than $1.2 Billion Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Alabama

PR Newswire Aug  1 14:35

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FirstNet is a new nationwide communications platform dedicated to America’s public safety community. As we build, deploy and evolve FirstNet, we …

Airtel planning bigger IoT play; to launch narrowband IoT network soon Aug  1 13:20

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It has launched a narrowband IoT network with commercial network …

AT&T Creates FirstNet For Law Enforcement Surveillance

Technocracy News Aug  1 12:45

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AT&T is not an agency of the U.S. government, but it might appear that way as they have created a draconian communications network called FirstNet …

PulseLarsen Antennas showing off its public safety antenna portfolio at APCO, Booth #325

GlobeNewswire Jul 31 02:20

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PulseLarsen Antennas showing off its public safety antenna portfolio at …

Cops Are Getting Access to Broadband Surveillance

The Mac Observer Jul 30 15:45

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FirstNet is a public-private partnership that creates a dedicated lane for public safety agencies within AT&T’s existing broadband network.

A New Broadband Network Is Pitching Surveillance Enhancements to Cops Across the Country

The Intercept Jul 29 13:10

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AT&T and FirstNet did not respond to questions about whether CBP or any other …

Dish chairman Charlie Ergen is running out of time on his $20bn bet

Jul 29 01:14

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Dish plans to meet the government’s 2020 requirement by spending up to $1 billion on a so-called narrowband IoT (internet of things) network that will …

T-Mobile Rolls Out Narrowband Internet of Things Nationwide

Tech News Tube Jul 28 18:08

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DAILY VIDEO: T-Mobile launches narrowband IoT communications nationwide, and Microsoft sharpens SQL Operations Studio’s job management …

Newscan: Public Safety Advocate: FirstNet NOT operational?

Urgent Communications Jul 28 17:55

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Letter from 182 fixed-wireless broadband providers to FCC seeking census-tract licenses in the CBRS band · AT&T: FirstNet supports optimal …

Verizon taps Ericsson for 5G-compatible network upgrades

TechSpot Jul 28 17:26

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Ericsson is supporting both CAT-M and narrowband IoT standards that offer low power consumption at reduced bandwidths for Internet of Things …

Walden, FCC chairman talk rural broadband at House hearing

KTVZ Jul 28 17:26

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I want to thank you for coming out to my district last month, Walden told Pai. We traveled around and saw a health clinic and what telehealth means.